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Portraying a sitter within an imitation stone oval - echoing the oval form of most British portrait miniatures - was still in vogue in the first decades of the eighteenth century. The Scottish-born artist Allan Ramsay returned from a period of study in Italy in 1738 and immediately became London's most acclaimed portrait painter. Martha Mellish was born into a substantial land-owning family in Blyth, Nottinghamshire, and married Daniel Baker of Penn in Buckinghamshire.

August 2004